City, state, country:
Palmetto, Georgia, USA
I have been taking photos of birds and insects for over 35 years, and have a number of websites dedicated to various insect groups. The most extensive ones are for dragonflies and damselflies, robber flies, caterpillars, tiger beetles, and jumping spiders; and all are accessible from my main web site. I frequently head out looking for one thing and get fascinated by some other insect entirely...
I use Nikon bodies, most often a D7100. For small insects, I use either a Nikkor 200mm Macro or more recently a Sigma 150mm Macro. Though the Nikkor older and fairly slow, it has amazing glass. The Sigma is just amazing. For more distant work I use a Nikkor 70-300mm VR Zoom, often with a Kenko 36mm extension tube, and for out in rivers, I use a Sigma 70-300mm macro zoom. I almost always use a tripod and full shade with a slow shutter speed for insects and spiders. Lately I have also started using a handheld Lumix FZ-1000 which takes really amazing stuff, considering. Can't beat the full-bodied dslr and tripod but sometimes comes very close.
I have been fortunate to be to write or contribute to several books, including several bird books, and two insect guides: Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast; and Tiger Beetles of the Southeast US (in press, written with Steve Krotzer and Brian Holt).
One final comment, shamelessly borrowed from fellow editor Ken Wolgemuth: Any editor should feel free to frass any image of mine that does not, in his or her considered opinion, add value to the Guide. My feelings won't be hurt--I promise. Well said!